PA - SNAP blasts candlelight vigil for Joe Paterno as “sad and frustrating”
Next Tuesday's candlelight vigil for Joe Paterno is a tragedy. Honoring Joe Paterno - a man who failed to act in any way to protect kids from a serial predator on his staff - will do nothing but bring more pain to child sex abuse victims, both those in central Pennsylvania and elsewhere.
Those harmed by Jerry Sandusky will of course be most directly hurt, having to endure again the words and images of blindly loyal Penn State football fans who put their own feelings about a game above the feelings of deeply wounded crime victims who were severely and needlessly violated as children.
Those harmed by other predators will also be hurt, having to be reminded again that many adults overlook and minimize the wrongdoing of officials who ignore, conceal or enable child sex crimes.
“Nothing is more precious than a child,” we tell ourselves and others. Yet when children are injured by employees of institutions we hold dear, we overlook those injuries and rally around those institutions.
It’s sad and frustrating and painful to watch well-intentioned but misguided adults taking action to remember a now-disgraced sports icon instead of taking action to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded and expose the truth.
Honoring Joe Paterno in this way – recognizing wins that have been stripped by the NCAA and campaigning for a memorial walkway – his backers show no regard for those who were victimized by Jerry Sandusky under Paterno’s watch. This is a pathetic attempt to forget the heinous crimes that occurred at Penn State and remember only meaningless football games. It is, at best, disturbing and at worst disgusting. We hope that the organizers of this event will think better of their hurtful actions and honor their disgraced coach - if they must - in private, not public.
SNAP will be Representing Clergy Abuse Survivors in Rome!
We are taking the fight to Rome and are standing up for all survivors on a world stage! From February 19-25, Board President Tim Lennon, Seattle Leader Mary Dispenza, Los Angeles Leader Esther Hatfield Miller and Austin Leader Carol Midboe will be traveling to Rome for Pope Francis' Papal Abuse Summit.
If you are a member of the media and looking to get in touch with these survivors while in Rome, click here for our media advisory and contact information. If you are interested in connecting with a survivor in the US from your area of coverage, please contact one of the SNAP leaders in the US listed below:
- East Coast/DC: Becky Ianni (SNAPvirginia@cox.net, 703-801-6044)
- Midwest/Chicago: Zach Hiner (firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-974-9009)
- Midwest/St. Louis: David Clohessy (email@example.com, 314314-566-9790)
- West Coast / San Francisco: Melanie Sakoda (firstname.lastname@example.org, 925-708-6175)
If you are looking to help spread the word about the importance of this summit and for survivors to be heard, add your voice to the conversation on social media using the hashtag #PBC2019. Be sure to follow SNAP on twitter and Facebook and share our posts, add your comments, and let the world know that we are watching!Learn More